the examination of the text began in the National Assembly in an electric atmosphere

Suspension of the session, points of order, ministers heckled by the opposition … The debates on the pension reform began Monday in the National Assembly in a white-hot hemicycle on the eve of a new day of union mobilization.

As expected, the debates on the very controversial pension reform project began in a stormy climate on Monday February 6 in the National Assembly, the government defending a text “of fairness and progress” while the left castigated a reform which “aggravates the chaos”.

Series of points of order and suspension of the session delayed the speeches of the ministers in an overheated hemicycle where the oppositions scrapped on requests for a referendum on the government project, which provides for a lowering of the retirement age from 62 to 64 years old .

It is “a reform of equity and progress which distributes the effort in a fair way”, affirmed the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt, ready to “go further” to improve the employment of seniors or women’s pensions. .

The former socialist was heckled by the left, who called him “sold”. “You are showing favoritism for the rich,” rebuked the rebellious François Ruffin, referring to suspicions of favoritism targeting the minister in the award of a public contract when he was mayor in Ardèche.

Following him, the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal stepped up to the plate against opponents of the project, calling on them to choose between “general interest” and “electoral interest”. “It’s reform or bankruptcy” of the pension system, he said, referring back to back the Nupes and its “tax cannon”, and the RN, “camp of lies and privileges”.

At the end of the day, the deputies rejected by 292 votes against 243, and 3 abstentions, a motion to reject the entire bill carried by the rebels. Their boss Mathilde Panot castigated a reform which “aggravates the chaos” in society.

A request for a referendum from the RN group was also rejected.

“We are not in an amphitheater, not in a demonstration”

From the start of the session, other opposition parliamentarians demanded in turn that their own request for a referendum, filed in extremis, also be submitted. Charles de Courson, of the independent group Liot, on the initiative with representatives of six political groups, denounced “a denial of democracy”, joined by leaders of Nupes.

The President of the Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet did not follow up. The oppositions then protested loudly, causing a brief interruption of the session.

“Do you think we are going to spend 15 days like that in the hemicycle?” Asked the opposition Yaël Braun-Pivet. “We are not in an amphitheater, not in a demonstration”.

The planned two weeks of examination promise to be high risk on this flagship reform of Emmanuel Macron’s second five-year term, which only has a relative majority in the Assembly.

Last minute concession

With the approach of two days of action, Tuesday and Saturday at the call of the inter-union, the head of government Élisabeth Borne recognized again on Sunday that the decline in the legal age represented “a collective effort”.

In a last minute concession, she announced that people who started working between the ages of 20 and 21 will be able to retire at 63, an extension of the long career scheme.

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Will this gesture be enough to obtain the crucial votes of the right? No, for Aurélien Pradié in particular, who points to a “deception” and asks to go further for those who started contributing early. “The auctions are starting to show the contradictions of LRs”, observes a government source.

For her part, the patron saint of deputies RN Marine Le Pen mocks a “negotiation of carpet merchants” between the government and the right.

On the union side, Elisabeth Borne’s effort did not convince: a “patch” which “is not the” expected “response to the massive mobilization observed”, denounces Laurent Berger, boss of the CFDT.

20,000 amendments tabled

The mobilization days of January 19 and 31 have already brought together more than a million demonstrators each time according to the police, more than two million according to the organizers.

“We are counting on the fact that there are mobilizations so that the elected representatives of the Republic take into account the opinion of the citizens”, declared the secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez.

While the school holidays have started for zone A, traffic will be severely disrupted on Tuesday at SNCF and RATP.

For the fourth day of mobilization on Saturday, the start of the holidays in zone B, the SNCF unions have decided not to call a strike so as not to penalize travelers.

Some 20,000 amendments were tabled by MPs on the bill, including 13,000 by LFI.

If the Assembly does not overcome the amendments by midnight February 17, the text will pass to the Senate, due to the choice of the executive to use an amending budget for Social Security.

This constrained time is strongly criticized by the oppositions, which nevertheless intend to manage to discuss article 7 devoted to the postponement of the retirement age.

With AFP

France 24

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